The first time I went to No. 9, it was ok. I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and mushrooms on bakchoy. Mediocre food at an expensive price.
This time I went, the manager came up to me and promoted tonight's special - Lamb Hotpot. So.. I ordered that. Then I heard the waitresses whispering to each other saying "what lamb hotpot.. we don't have lamb hotpot..." And 10 minutes later, a waitress came up to me saying "sorry, we ran out of the lamb hotpot tonight." In my head I was like ...WHAT? IT'S ONLY 6pm. So instead I ordered the deep fried spicy squid and the jellyfish.
This time, the deep fried spicy squid was terrible. It was overly battered such that the excess batter inside was goopy. Also, the spices weren't even mixed with the squid.. they just aggregated in the center of the dish. The squid had no flavor this time.
The jelly fish was the instant jellyfish I can buy at supermarkets. It was definitely not restaurant quality. It was hard and you can see they only served me the ends of it. It costed me 9 bucks for instant jellyfish. They also served me sauce on the side, which was just vinegar with little pieces of pickled ginger. I have never seen this before. All other places mix the sauce with the jellyfish before serving and it does not taste like vinegar, but has small red chili flakes. I asked if they had sesame seeds so I can sprinkle some on like a real dish but they said they don't have any. What kind of Chinese restaurants don't have sesame seeds?
If you google a jellyfish dish you can see there is thick jellyfish strips, chili flakes, sesame seeds, and it'll look tender and juicy.